Despite it being reported earlier this week that Austin Aries requested his release from WWE, Dave Meltzer reported on the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE is stating the company in fact released Aries, and it was not requested.
Meltzer added however, that upon hearing of his release, Austin Aries was thrilled, a sentiment which seemed to be echoed by his post-release Tweet which said “it’s a a beautiful day.”
Aries was under a three year deal with WWE, so if he did in fact request his release, WWE could have held him to the contract which would not allow him to wrestle elsewhere until 2019. Aries is under a 90 day no-compete with WWE, so he will be eligible to work again sometime in October.
As noted, Austin Aries was said to be frustrated with his spot in WWE, and being pigeonholed as a Cruiserweight in the company. Additionally, it’s being said Aries was unhappy with his WrestleMania 33 kickoff match not being included in the DVD release, as he will not be paid royalties.
Dave Meltzer noted many in WWE did not like Aries, including members of the writing team, and he did have backstage heat over his attitude during his run with the company. WZ’s Justin LaBar noted earlier this week that sources close to the situation described Aries as “his own worst enemy, politically.”